Meet Your Neighbor: Tom Burket

If a teleporter existed, where would you go first?
Platform 9 ¾. (If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know that Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station is where you depart for Hogwarts.)

A gadget you can’t live without:
Air Conditioning

Favorite childhood book:
Amelia Bedelia

What is something funny that has happened to you?
We recently bought some baby chickens for our backyard. They were all supposed to be hens, but we quickly realized that one of the ‘hens’ was actually a rooster when it started crowing every morning. We were a big hit with our neighbors for a few days until we were able to find a farm that would take him.

What is your idea of exercise?
Morning runs with friends, spin class with my sister, and family walks on Saturday morning.

Best hidden gem in St. Pete:
Alesia Restaurant (7204 Central Ave.)

What or who inspires you?
The story of Jesus is an inspiration of how I would like to live my life.

Favorite restaurant in St. Pete:

Your favorite quote:
“When a great question is first started, there are very few, even of the greatest minds, which suddenly and instinctively comprehend it in all its consequences.” John Adams

What is your favorite movie?
The Great Outdoors (Dan Aykroyd and John Candy comedy)

What is your first thought in the morning?
Don’t wake up the baby!

What is the most encouraging word/statement you can receive?
“Honey, you were right…” (Purely theoretical because I have never heard this statement.)

What decade, place would you like to visit for a day?
1850’s California during the Gold Rush

If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
Saint Bernard

Tell us about a significant mentor in your life
Anyone that has known me for a length of time would agree that my wife performed a miracle by transforming me into a somewhat presentable member of society.